South Lismore residents flick their switches

SOUTH Lismore residents can claim the title of having the most energy efficient households, based on their participation in The Northern Star’s first Turn Off Your Lights for the Planet challenge.

Households across the region were asked to switch off their lights for half-an-hour from 8pm on Wednesday.

At 8pm on Wednesday Country Energy’s South Lismore zone substation recorded a 4.93 per cent drop in energy usage, compared with 8pm the previous night.

Measured at 8pm, power usage at the South Lismore substation fell from 16.7 megawatts to 15.9 megawatts.

This amou-nted to a power saving of about 500 houses, or about one megawatt.

Ballina residents also embraced the campaign. They recorded a 4.44 per cent drop in usage at the Ballina zone substation, while Casino residents reduced power usage by 2.88 per cent.

Enough East Lismore households turned off their lights to reduce power usage by 2.04 per cent.

Alstonville’s power usage fell by 0.91 per cent and Kyogle’s fell by 0.26 per cent.

The Turn Off Your Lights campaign failed to attract the support of Byron Shire residents.

Mullumbimby increased its usage by 1.59 per cent, while Ewingsdale increased its usage by 0.23 per cent.

Woodburn substation recorded a 2.65 per cent increase.


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